News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 13, 2019
Scarlett funds go back into Castine
Castine Touring Company donates to local organizations

by Monique Labbe

At its June 3 meeting, members of the Castine Touring Company donated money to The Childhood Learning Place and Castine Community Partners, in an effort to fulfill their goal of returning money into the Castine community.

The nonprofit organization is responsible for Scarlett, a street-legal slow moving vehicle that looks like a four-passenger golf cart. She was introduced to the community in 2016 and continues to give tours of the town via volunteer drivers.

“When we started this, it was our intention of putting 100 percent of the proceeds directly back into the community,” said Sue Macdonald, one of the organizers behind the Castine Touring Company. “We feel thankful we were able to do that this year.”

The group donated $500 to The Childhood Learning Place, to be put toward chairs for the center’s art room. Castine Community Partners also received $500, for continued support of economic development.

“Castine Community Partners was really helpful for us in funding us to purchase Scarlett, and in a year where we had financial shortfall,” said Macdonald.

Scarlett is operated on a volunteer based system, with a suggested amount of $10 for donations per person, per ride.

“It is thanks to the hard work of all those volunteers who drive, and we have fun doing it, too,” said Macdonald.